Coming off a win that included hitting five home runs, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to keep the pressure on the San Francisco Giants by picking up another victory over the San Diego Padres.
Tyson Ross allowed a one-out single to Chase Utley in the first inning, but kept the Dodgers off the board by retiring the next two batters faced. Alex Wood struck out Yangervis Solarte and Jedd Gyorko in the bottom of the first before a Matt Kemp base hit. Nothing came of it for the Padres as Justin Upton grounded out to Utley.
In his first game back since fouling a ball off the inside of his right knee on Wednesday night, Andre Ethier led off the second inning with a double. Ross then hit Yasmani Grandal with a pitch and followed that by walking Joc Pederson to load the bases with one out. Ross worked himself out of the jam by striking out Wood on a full count, and getting Jimmy Rollins to ground out.
Wood quickly worked his way through the bottom of the second, setting the Padres down in order. Solarte hit a two-out single in the bottom half of the third inning, but Wood retired Gyorko to keep the game locked in a scoreless tie.
Ethier again led an inning off with a double, though this time the Dodgers capitalized as Carl Crawford followed with an RBI double. Grandal dropped to 0-for-his-last-31 with a grounder to the right side of the infield that advanced Crawford to third base.
Pederson drew a walk that left runners on the corner with one out for Wood, who struck out on a failed sacrifice bunt attempt. Ross limited the damage to just one run as Rollins grounded to second base, ending the top of the fourth with the Dodgers only leading 1-0.
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